Apartment Living

After living in my apartment for just over three months now, I have finally settled into my life and routine. There are many things I have learned about myself when it comes to apartment living rather than living in the residence halls or with my parents.

The first thing I learned is that I am not as messy as everyone thinks I am. When I lived with my parents or even in my residence hall, I HATED doing dishes. Like, would leave dirty dishes for months then just buy new ones so I wouldn’t have to wash the dirty. Now that I am living in my own apartment, a place of residence I pay for with my own money, I am a much cleaner person. Whether it is the fact that it is my OWN place or the fact that I do not want to ruin it with having it be dirty, either way, I am a cleaner person now that I live in an apartment.

The second thing I learned is that groceries are EXPENSIVE! Even from Walmart, I find myself spending $150 – $200 every two weeks for food just for me! Granted, now that I live in an apartment I also eat a TON more than I used to but it is all good food for me rather than dining hall food. But anyways, food will break your bank especially if you want to eat healthily,

The third thing I learned while living in my apartment is that you may think you will click with someone but you may not be the best roommates ever. My roommate and I are cool but she is very quiet and always takes over the living room so I feel like I have to hide in my bedroom and I’m not allowed to have friends over to hang out in our common areas. Also we spend about $100 for cable every month because SHE likes to watch TV. I am very happy with my Hulu and Netflix but have to pay half of the cable bill every month just because we have it. I would be completely happy with only having Internet especially since my TV isn’t even connected to the Cable.

Those are the things I have learned thusfar in my apartment living at Washington State University. I am absolutely positive I will learn much more as the year goes on, so wait for a follow up post in the spring!


The Pumpkin Beer Festival

So, I am headlining a festival during Halloween Week called the Pumpkin Beer Festival. It looks like it is going to be a really fun event that we are putting on for The Coug. Throughout the process of creating social media for the event, submitting press releases for the event, and dealing with the marketing I have learned so much about how much work actually goes into campaign creation for events like this. I am so happy that I chose to to a real event in Pullman for the project because learning real life skills is something you do not do nearly as much as you should in college.

The Pumpkin Beer Festival is being put on by the Coug and is being sponsored by Elysian Brewery. They are going to have pumpkin taps, where you put a tap directly into the pumpkin and are able to drink the beer out of the pumpkin. It looks so cool!

Some events that will be going on throughout the week include:

  • Beer Tasting
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Live Music
  • Costume Contest
  • Watching the Halloween Football game
  • Watching Scary Movies
  • Specialty Taps
  • etc.

All in all, I can’t say too much about the event because I don’t want to ruin it for people but I hope that anyone who lives in Pullman or in the surrounding areas will stop by for the event!

There will only be 100 tickets sold and they will only be sold on ONE DAY! October 20, 2013.

I hope to see you all there!



 As a college student, I am very interested in staying healthy and active in college. One resource I have used throughout my college experience is the Paleo Diet. This diet is all about eating healthy non-processed foods. Healthy foods fill you up and keep you full throughout the whole day! Even though paleo is technically a “diet” there is no research proving that you will lose weight. My take on “going paleo” is that I wanted to maintain a healthy lifestyle by cutting carbohydrates, refined sugar, dairy, legumes and grains. Basically, you are avoiding any food that would “harm us by causing systemic inflammation, wrecking our guts, or derailing our natural metabolic processes (NomNomPaleo).” In order to do this, your plate should look like this:


There are many of websites that you can use for support and help translating what you should and should not eat while on the Paleo Diet.

By following the Paleo Diet, I have learned how to live my life without the staples known to many people as “real American food.” By cutting out refined sugar and dairy, life has been hard but it’s really easy to get used to especially since I have some great resources for recipes.

For more information and some awesome recipes:

Elena’s Pantry

US News Paleo Diet



Wikipedia – I don’t usually use Wikipedia, but they have a good description of the Paleo Diet.


My Favorite Recipes

Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Mushroom Gravy Rump Roast